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By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The annual Car-Part.com Industry Conference was held August 6-8 at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger, KY, just a stone’s throw away from the Cincinnati airport. Our friends at Car-Part.com, in particular Jeff and Janice Schroder, hosted a great convention that was not only educational, but entertaining. Many ABPA members know the Schroders Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The “Motor City” of Detroit played host to NACE, one of the automotive industry’s largest events. This was the second year in a row that NACE was held in Detroit, and it will return again in 2017, after a stop in Anaheim, CA next year. NACE officials claimed attendance was up from Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director Summertime means that NACE is just around the corner. Last year was the show’s first in Detroit and attendance seemed to have increased significantly compared to the prior shows in Las Vegas. Personally, I will not miss having to attend two shows in Las Vegas, separated by only two weeks. I will Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language In February I wrote an article warning about the danger posed to the aftermarket parts industry by General Motors’ planned dynamic pricing program, called “MyPriceLink.” The technological challenge of creating such a responsive system of parts and pricing information forced GM to delay the introduction of MyPriceLink several times. These reprieves Read more…


By Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director At the conclusion of this year’s ABPA annual meeting in Chicago, our organizations’ Chairman, Dan Morrissey, proclaimed that, “Our association is stronger than it’s ever been.” That sentiment seemed to echo throughout the week, as leading aftermarket parts manufacturers and distributors came together to assess the state of the industry, to Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language A recent report published by Collision Week cited U.S. government figures on inflation that show the price of auto insurance and the cost of body repairs are both increasing faster than the overall rate of inflation over the past twelve months. From January 2014 to January 2015, auto insurance costs rose Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language A report broadcast on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° program on February 11, 2015 took a hard look at alleged steering practices by insurers. The report was strongly biased against insurers and took a very negative attitude toward non-OEM parts. Watch the report online by clicking here. While the focus of the Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language General Motors may have delayed the implementation of their dynamic parts pricing program (MyPriceLink.com), but let’s not lull ourselves into believing that GM is abandoning a program that would give them a tremendous marketing advantage. “Real time” parts pricing is coming soon, and it will require a strong response from the aftermarket Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director and Karen Fierst While most of the U.S. suffered under a prolonged cold spell in mid-January, collision industry leaders gathered in warm temperatures and under blue skies at the annual Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Palm Springs, California on January 15-17. As usual during CIC Week there were a multitude of activities. Read more…


Las Vegas, Nevada was once again the location for this year’s SEMA / AAPEX show. There are few industry events where ABPA members can meet with their piers, insurers, body shop leaders, and the manufacturers. Every year many ABPA members make this annual trek to the desert to meet with business colleagues and vendors, and to have some Read more…

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